First Issue: 

Addressing worldwide water shortages and creating international standards in order to protect the existing freshwater supply.

The Earth only contains around 3% freshwater, and around 844 million people do not have access to clean water. Water is essential for everyday life; without water, people cannot survive. In the UN’s sustainable goals for 2030, the accessibility of clean water is placed at number six, due to its dire importance. However, since water is not owned by a single state, and since it is a shared resource for the whole population, there is a mismanagement of it. To avoid the depletion of this important resource, international standards must be implemented to ensure that the existing supply is administered correctly.

 

Second Issue:

Abolishing coal mines and reducing energy dependency on coal.

Coal is a nonrenewable energy source that causes air pollution and contributes the emission of carbon dioxide and other harmful gases into the atmosphere. Not only does coal impact the environment but it also imposes many health issues for the general population, more specifically coal miners.Consequently, working in coal mines is a highly dangerous occupation as the miners may suffer from suffocation, roof collapse, and gas poisoning. Therefore, due to the undesirable side effects of the mining of coal, there are ongoing debates on whether coal mines should be abolished and replaced with cleaner and safer mode of generating energy. Although, many would argue that coal mining is an important segment of many economies, many countries cannot afford to close down these valuable assets. Delegates should reach a conclusion on this matter.

 

For any inquiries regarding this council, please feel free to contact the chairs at undp@bayanmun.com